Ground Feeders

February 7th, 2008

I set up my BirdCam early this week to start catching some pictures of the ground feeders under my seed bird feeders. These little guys are willing to wait and catch what falls from the feeder above. Below, you will see the second most common visitor in my yard, the White-crowned Sparrow. Adult White-crowned Sparrows have a distinctive back and white streaked head. Immature White-crowned Sparrows have a similar pattern on their head with much more subdued gray and brown colors. I see these birds everyday in my yard, but I have never seen one fly up to one of my feeders. They prefer to wait below!




House finches, house finches, house finches. They are everywhere in my yard!



That’s it! I was a little disappointed that the two Mourning Doves that live in my yard didn’t show up on the BirdCam. I have seen them ground feeding several times, but I have yet to capture a picture of them. They have a spot they like to perch in on my tree, but when I approach to take a picture they always fly away.

And now, for the number one ground feeder in my yard!


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3 Responses to “Ground Feeders”

  1. Steve of Kingsdown on February 8, 2008 9:35 am

    Hi Scott,
    Interesting and attractive blog you have here!
    The name White-Crowned Sparrow jumped at me, as we have one in England this year – very very unusual and it’s attracted many birders.
    You might be interested in this link:
    http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/no-privacy-for-whitecrowned-sparrow-on-rare-visit-to-britain-769242.html

    All the best,
    Steve

  2. Birding Scott on February 8, 2008 5:36 pm

    It’s really fascinating to consider how certain common birds that I see everyday in my backyard are so rare in other places! White-crowned sparrows visit my yard and ground feed almost everyday.

    On the other hand, Cardinals are a common bird in the U.S., but I never see them because they don’t make it to the west coast. I am always so jealous when I see beautiful pictures from others of bright red cardinals!

    What is common in one place may be so rare in another. Thanks for the great article; I enjoyed reading it.

  3. Sandpiper on February 8, 2008 10:15 pm

    Great pictures today. It’s interesting how many of the same birds we have. Love the squirrel pictures!

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